Robert Steel "Bobbie" Smith,
lead singer on many of the biggest hits of Philly Soul
legends the Spinners,
has died in Orlando at the age of 76. Smith, whose expensive wheel rims on his car gave the group its name, was a founding member of the vocal group in their mid-50s doo-wop
incarnation; after a largely unsuccessful stint at Motown,
they finally found success at Atlantic in the early Seventies with classics such as "I'll Be Around," "Could It Be I'm Falling in Love," "(They Just Can't Stop It The) Games People Play," and their duet with Dionne Warwick,
"Then Came You," all of which featured Smith's effortlessly smooth tenor lead. Bobbie stayed with the group even after the hits dried up, last performing with them just a month ago despite suffering from the lung cancer that eventually took his life. Smith is survived by his wife, three children, four grandchildren, and a great-grandson.